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Kelvin Boston

Kelvin Boston Sr.

November 11, 1954 - August 4, 2020
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Captain Kelvin James Boston, Sr. (Sunrise, Denver, CO, November 11, 1954 / Sunset, New Orleans, LA August 4, 2020) attended Westminster Hills Elementary School, Shaw Heights Middle School and graduated from Westminster High School in Westminster, CO. He was well known for his high school basketball skills and canny ability to make friends. Throughout his years after leaving Colorado, he remained close friends with several classmates, especially John and Renee Gillespie. After graduating high school, he was nominated by United States Representative Coyners from New York to the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point in Great Neck, NY in 1972. Kelvin graduated as a Lieutenant specializing in marine transportation, which afforded him to experience maritime service in Alaska, Brazil, Georgia and finally in New Orleans where he became the first African American Off-Shore Pilot. He also became an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in New Orleans, LA. In 1990 Kelvin was commissioned by the Governor of Louisiana as a Pilot for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association. Later, in 2003, he was commissioned by the Governor as a member of the Board of Examiners for New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots for the Mississippi River. During his time as a Pilot, he created the Merchant Marine Minority Organization (M 3 ) to help expand diversity in the Maritime industry in New Orleans, LA. Kelvin worked tirelessly until his official retirement in 2018. In 2019 he became an adjunct Professor for Delgado Community College in the Merchant Marine Department. He is survived by wife, Shenelle Boston; children, Christian Kyle, Kelvin James, II, Kameron Joseph, Sameera Chanel, Jesus Zoan and Jordan Exodus; Father, Joseph N.; sister, Cheryl (Brockington); niece, Velena R. (AJ'anea, Jaylen and Jayden) and nephew Derrick N; brother, Waymonn, as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A private (family invite only) funeral service honoring the life of Captain Kelvin James Boston, Sr. will be held in the Chapel of Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.Interment: Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. Visitation 9 a.m. in the chapel.
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  • Visitation

    August 14, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    August 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Charbonnet Funeral Home - Treme'
    Address
    1615 St. Philip St.
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116
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  • Service

    August 14, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    August 14, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Charbonnet Funeral Home - Treme'
    Address
    1615 St. Philip St.
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116
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  • Interment

    Location
    Lakelawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum
    Address
    5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70068
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C. W. Lartigue IV

Posted at 12:40pm
I had the privilege of doing legal work for Kelvin over a period of years. I remember Kelvin as forthright, generous, and a fine family man whose family was always uppermost in his mind. I respected him. Kelvin was a good man and an accomplished one. My sympathies to Shenelle and the children.
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John Gillespie

Posted at 06:56pm
Thoughts and prayers cannot nearly be enough to share, for Kelvin James Boston.....the son, the brother, the husband, the father, the uncle...........and my dear friend for six decades. Time seemed to stand still for us, especially in high school and during our basketball years together, as we talked for hours on end, about any and everything. Although his career took him away from Colorado for the next 48 years, we were always able to rekindle cherished memories on a summer trip back "home," or over the phone. Renee and I continue to be honored that Kelvin, as well as Jim Reed, were Best "Men" for our wedding on July 30, 1977. As I have read more of this obituary, I am also made aware of many of the things that Kelvin was too modest to share. He was always a deeply respectful and considerate individual, and someone who will be dearly missed by his family.........as well as my family. Rest in peace, my friend.......my brother.
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